It was the perfect ending to the perfect season. Literally. The
HPU men’s cross country team maintained an undefeated
regular season record and continued their winning streak
into the Hawaiian Airlines PacWest Conference Cross Country
Championships on Oct. 27. The 8K course was held at Crystal
Springs Cross Country Course in Belmont, Calif.
The Sea Warriors edged past host Notre Dame de Namur University
by two points (45) to claim the 2007 title. The Argos placed
second with 47 points, followed by defending PacWest champion
Brigham Young University-Hawai‘i with 57. University of
Hawai‘i-Hilo (67) and Chaminade (135) trailed in fourth
and fifth place, respectively.
Out of 40 runners, HPU’s Brandon Laan finished in second
place, 28 seconds behind BYUH’s Golden Harper (26:23).
Esben Dalgaard, Jens Munk-Nielsen, and Kevin Enriques had career
performances, placing in third, seventh, and 14th, securing the
victory. Vaughn Harber placed 19th for the Sea Warriors, respectively.
Laan, Dalgaard, and Munk-Nielsen garnered first-team all-PacWest
honors, while Enriques was named to the second team.
According to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches
Association, HPU is ranked seventh in the West Region heading
into the NCAA Division II West Region Championships. The championships
were held on Saturday, Nov. 3 in Boise, Idaho.
The HPU women’s cross country team placed third in the
PacWest Championships with 49 points. Defending champion UH-Hilo
continued their reign as champs, beating out BYUH by 13 points.
HPU’s Elin Soto-Thompson and Emma Palmer placed in fifth
and sixth, receiving first-team all-PacWest honors. Jennifer
Torres and Quinn Horochuck were named to the second team.